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Soul prayer

Bless the LORD, O my soul! May all that is within me bless Your holy Name. Bless the LORD, O my soul. May I not forget God’s benefits. For the LORD forgives all my sins and heals all my infirmities. God redeems my life from death and covers me with mercy and loving-kindness. The LORD satisfies me with good things and renews my youth like an eagle’s. Bless the LORD, O my soul. Bless the LORD. ©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase of my favorite Psalm 103 from today’s Daily Bible Readings …

Praying with Jesus

Jesus taught us how to pray, saying: When you’re praying, do not use meaningless phrases as others do when they think they’ll be heard because of their many words. Do not act like that for your Father knows what you need before you ask. Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, Holy is Your name. May Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us for intruding on others as we forgive those who intrude upon us. And do not bring us into times of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For You have the kingdom, and You have the power, and You are the glory forever. Amen. If you forgive people for wronging you, our heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive their wrongs, how can things be right with you and our Father? ©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase of today’s Daily Bible Reading in Matthew 6:7-15 Note from Mary : Most church denominations and most Christians kn

Praying quietly

And Jesus taught us, saying: Take care about practicing righteousness before other people to be seen by them rather than being rewarded by your Heavenly Father Who Is. When you give to the poor, don’t be like the hypocrites who enter the sanctuary, sounding their own horn in hopes of getting people praise. When you hold out your right hand to give, don’t let your left hand even know what you’re doing that your giving may be kept secret from yourself, so only your Father sees and knows. And when you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites, who love to stand and pray in the sanctuary and outside on the street where everyone sees. Truly, I tell you, they’ve received their reward. But when you pray, go privately into your own room and shut the door and pray to your Father Who Is in secret. And your Father Who sees in secret will reward you. ©2013 Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase of today’s Daily Bible Reading in Matthew 6:1-6.

Praying for people

Pray for all people. Ask God to help them. Intercede on their behalf and give thanks for them. Pray, too, for leaders and all authorities, so we can lead our quiet and peaceful lives in godly dignity. This pleases God – our Savior, Who wants everyone to be saved and come to know the truth: One God, One Mediator between God and mankind – the man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself to gain our freedom – One Message God gave at just the right time. ©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrased from 1 Timothy 2:1-6 from today’s Daily Bible Reading ..

Into a prayer shelter

Hear my cry, O LORD. Listen to my prayer. To You, my heavy heart calls from a low place far away. Set me on the Rock that is higher than I as I fly to my shelter in You. ©2013, Mary Harwell Sayler prayer-a-phrased this poem from today’s Daily Bible Reading in Psalm 61:1-3. ...

A prophet prays for life to return

Background: During a severe drought, the LORD told Elijah the prophet to seek food and shelter in the home of a poor widow and child. When Elijah found the woman, she was getting ready to prepare the last meal for herself and her only son, but the prophet told her to share her food with him first and she would have all she needed until the drought ended. Though fearful, the woman believed Elijah and did as he said. The handful of flour and small amount of oil continued to flow, keeping Elijah, the widow, and child alive. Some time later, however, the boy became ill and died. And the woman said to Elijah, ‘Man of God, what have you done? Did you come to remind me of my sin by killing my son?’ ‘Give me your son,” Elijah said, then took the boy to a room upstairs where he’d been staying and laying the child on the bed, he prayed: ‘LORD God, this woman let me stay in her home! Oh, why have you done this terrible thing and caused her son to die?’ Then stretching himself ou

May the peace of the Lord be with us

The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Philippi and beyond: May the grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Every time I remember you, I thank my God. Every day I pray for you with joy – from the first day until now – for your fellowship in the Gospel gives confidence that the good work God began in you will come to completion in the day of Jesus Christ. It’s right to think this way as our hearts hold us together in the Grace of God, confining us to defend and confirm the Gospel. With God as my witness, I long for you to have the compassion of Jesus Christ. And this is my prayer: That your love may abound more and more with full knowledge and insight, so you may know what’s best and be sincere without offending Christ – filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes to you through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God. © 2013, Mary Harwell Sayler , prayer-a-phrase of today’s Daily Bible Reading in Phi